Over the past few weeks there has been a phrase that has been repeated multiple times. It is not a new one, but the true impact of it has been really coming to life. I was first told this in high school by a debate coach, “People don’t care how much you know, until the know how much you care.”
I work in corporate America and one of the most common ways that corporate America is described is a “dog eat dog” world. The phrase “it’s not personal, it’s business” is all too common. Many people feel that you have to do whatever you can, whenever you can to get ahead. Unfortunately, this is just a downward spiral. The more you are willing to do anything, the more other’s will do just the same or more. But what if we start showing how much we care about others?
What if we stopped for a minute to see the person in our coworker? I think that we could radically change the business environment. I mean we spend the majority of our life with our coworkers,
I am blessed to work in a company where we do actually care about each other. When I sprained my ankle last month, I was constantly being asked how I was doing and how I was taking care of my ankle. It didn’t take anyone long, but for me it meant so much. They cared about how I was doing as a person, not just if my work was going to get done, or if they could use this to get ahead of me.
This whole concept plays into every part of our life. Instead of worrying about our image, or what people think of us, we should be thinking about how we are impacting others. All over my Facebook feed I see people sharing video’s about the little acts of kindness, but sharing a video is not enough. We actually need to be the kindness in our world.
How you ask?
In the small things. Hold the elevator door just a moment longer, give up your seat on the train, ask your coworker or neighbor or friend how they are doing AND really listen. It doesn’t take long and it doesn’t have to cost a dime, just be kind.
We all want to succeed in life, but let’s just start with caring. You never know the lives that you will touch. “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” Hebrews 13:2. It may be one act of kindness a week or a day, but the more we do, the more it becomes a habit.
I would love to hear about your acts of kindness! How are you showing that you care?